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See the best of central London from the water with Thames River Sightseeing.

We’re a family-owned company with over 50 years’ experience, and our popular routes run from the historic Palace of Westminster to charming Greenwich – famous for its rich maritime history.

All year round we run a fleet of elegant and traditional vessels, each with open-air upper deck and enclosed lower deck. Our vessels all have fully licensed bars selling hot and cold drinks plus snacks, with toilets available on board.

Come rain or shine, our cruises offer panoramic views over famous London landmarks including St. Paul’s Cathedral, The Shard, the Tate Modern, the world-famous Globe Theatre, and more. We’re also the only cruise company operating at Tower Bridge Quay, too, so you can hop on and off here without the crowds.

Our knowledgeable skippers share the history and secrets of London’s famous landmarks, turning your Thames River cruise into a memorable highlight of your time in the capital! We also offer audio-guides with commentary available in 6 languages.

Check the Book Tickets tab for details on our enticing cruise options, and don’t miss the offers page for our family-friendly cruise savings. Book your place today, safe in the knowledge that you can change your cruise date free of charge.

No visit to London is complete without a river cruise, and the friendly team here at Thames River Sightseeing look forward to welcoming you on board.


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Cutty Sark

When it was built 150 years ago, the Cutty Sark was at the cutting edge of ship building. It was a tea clipper built to take goods to Shanghai to trade for tea to bring back to the UK – it had the capacity to carry 1,305,812 lbs of tea, which would probably have ended …

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Closest Pier: Greenwich Pier (0.1 miles ~ 1 min walk)

Greenwich Market

Greenwich Market is a covered market that attracts visitors from all around the world. A great place to spend time browsing, with stallholders selling gifts, crafts, jewellery, food and antiques. Visitor information: Regular events:  Park It in the Market – monthly displays of classic cars and bikes Workshops Children’s school holiday events Website: Address: …

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Closest Pier: Greenwich Pier (0.1 miles ~ 2 min walk)

HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast is a Southampton class cruiser and is permanently moored in the River Thames as a floating museum. HMS Belfast saw active service during the Second World War, most notably at the Battle of North Cape where she took part in the sinking of the German battlecruiser “Scharnhorst”. She also took part in the …

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Closest Pier: Tower Bridge Quay (0.5 miles ~ 10 min walk) Attraction Tickets: Available

Houses of Parliament

The Houses of Parliament, which are also known as the Palace of Westminster, combine the House of Commons and House of Lords. Parliament has met on this site for over 900 years, although the majority of the Medieval part of the building was destroyed by fire in 1834. The iconic building you see today was …

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Closest Pier: Westminster Pier (0.9 miles ~ 15 min walk)

London Eye

Designed by Marks Barfield Architects, the London Eye was launched in 2000 to celebrate the millennium. At 135m, the Coca-Cola London Eye is the world’s largest cantilevered observation wheel and there are 32 capsules. Originally, the Eye was intended as a temporary structure, able to be dismantled and transported to a new location, and had …

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Closest Pier: Westminster Pier (0.4 miles ~ 8 min walk) Attraction Tickets: Available

OXO Tower

OXO Tower Wharf is an award-winning landmark building located on the riverside walkway part of the Southbank and Bankside areas. It is home to some of the UK’s most innovative and internationally renowned contemporary designers, restaurants, cafes, bars and exhibition venues. The OXO Tower has been a river landmark since 1930; however it fell into …

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Closest Pier: Festival Pier (0.4 miles ~ 8 min walk)

Royal Observatory

After a relaxing cruise from Westminster, put a visit to the Royal Observatory on your watch list. Take selfies standing over the famous Meridian Line – the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), spend some time looking at clocks that have changed the world, historic astronomy telescopes, then take a tour of the universe from …

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Closest Pier: Greenwich Pier (0.6 miles ~ 14 min walk)

Shakespeare’s Globe

Founded by the pioneering actor and director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare’s Globe is a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare’s work and the playhouse for which he wrote. You are able to go on guided tours of the theatre all year round, and in the summer months, watch a Shakespeare play in the …

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Closest Pier: Bankside Pier (0.01 miles ~ 1 min walk)

Southbank Centre

The Southbank Centre is a world-famous arts centre on the South Bank of the Thames. Created in 1951 for the Festival of Britain, Southbank Centre draws on its heritage as a festival site with theatre, music, film, art and activities inside and outside. The area is always buzzing with activity, thanks to the many cafés, …

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Closest Pier: Festival Pier (0.1 miles ~ 1 min walk)

St. Katharine Docks

St Katharine Docks is a vibrant area of London that combines a marina with offices, shops, restaurants, bars and cafés. Located next to Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, it’s a great area to look at the boats moored in Central London’s only marina (as well as perhaps dreaming you own one of them), …

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Closest Pier: Tower Bridge Quay (0.1 miles ~ 2 min walk)

St. Paul’s Cathedral

Enter Sir Christopher Wren’s architectural masterpiece and enjoy the awe-inspiring interior of the cathedral floor. A cathedral has stood here since 604AD with the present cathedral now over 300 years old. Visitors can experience the acoustic quirks of the Whispering Gallery and continue to the Golden Gallery for breathtaking panoramic views. Descend to the crypt …

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Closest Pier: Bankside Pier (0.5 miles ~ 10 min walk) Attraction Tickets: Available

Tate Modern

The Tate Modern is Britain’s national gallery of modern art and is part of the Tate Group (along with Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives). It’s based in the former Bankside Power Station and a new extension to the Tate Modern named Switch House opened in June 2016 and is a 10 storey …

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Closest Pier: Bankside Pier (0.3 miles ~ 5 min walk)

Thames Barrier

The spectacular Thames Barrier is one of the world’s largest movable flood barriers in the world. It is a vital element of London’s flood defences. When tides are high enough to pose a flood threat (usually during the Spring), all of the Barrier’s 10 steel gates are raised to hold back the excess tidal flow …

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Closest Pier: Greenwich Pier (2.6 miles ~ 54 min walk)

The Shard

Construction started on the Shard in 2009 and was completed in 2012. Its designer was Renzo Piano and at 310 metres high it is the tallest building in Western Europe. The Shard is home to offices, bars, restaurants and hotels, but is best known for its spectacular views of London from the open-air Skydeck on …

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Closest Pier: Bankside Pier (0.6 miles ~ 13 min walk) Attraction Tickets: Available

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge opened in 1894 and measures 800ft (240m) between the two towers which house the machinery for raising the bascules (each weighing about 1000 tons) in 90 seconds. Visitors have the opportunity to explore Tower Bridge’s iconic structure, spectacular views and glass floor, modern exhibitions and magnificent Victorian Engine Rooms. Visitor information Regular events: …

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Closest Pier: Tower Bridge Quay (0.1 miles ~ 1 min walk)

Tower of London

There is so much to do and see at the Tower of London, a UNESCO World Heritage site which is a fortress, prison and palace. You can gaze up at the massive White Tower, tiptoe through a king’s medieval bedchamber and marvel at the priceless Crown Jewels. Meet the Yeoman Warders, listen to their bloody …

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Closest Pier: Tower Bridge Quay (0.3 miles ~ 5 min walk) Attraction Tickets: Available

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